i agree that google has stolen the renegade " here's what your computer can do" crown..for NOW
at the same time - Longhorn has got to be the most task driven - industry based OS of all time. There is Media Center - thats now .. but soon there wil be Real Esate edition, Medical edition etc..
so your critisisms of longhorn are unfair.
Also many people WANT it to look good and have eye candy - hopefully better done than OSX - with the lame photo clip art
Customers want everything that longhorn will be
There is a bigger chessboard happening in regards to billg's vision for seemless computing/ Wintone etc